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Shopping Concept Stores in Paris

One of my first shopping stops in Paris is Colette on rue St-Honore.  It is the original Parisian concept store and still continues to give off an energetic vibe of coolness and inspiration. Packed with both Parisians and tourists, you will find a truly unique selection of fashion, accessories, street wear, cosmetics and books. We couldn’t help but notice that Colette was selling Roberta’s (of Brooklyn) cookbook!  Bob picked up some great reading glasses that I am sure will be a bit radical for the office.  Robbie found a photography book, Caoroline De Maigret wears Chanel by Ami Sioux.

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I did venture to some new concept stores in Paris, Merci on blvd Beaumarchais and MOna MAarket on rue Commines. Merci is very spacious with 3 floors selling everything from fashion to furniture. There are also 3 cafés.

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MOna MArket was my favorite.  A smaller more intimate shop with a edgy natural look.  Much of the interior was black but then softened with natural fiber furnishings and clothing.

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For the children in your life there is BONTON (the kid store of French fame A.P.C.).  The BONTON kids concept store has a beautiful selection of clothing, furniture, a hair salon for hair cuts and colour and the best section for all you need to throw the best kids birthday party in Paris!

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In my early 20’s when I first came to Paris on business, my colleges and I stayed at a small hotel next to the original Chanel Boutique.  To this day, when I am in Paris I always walk down this street, rue Cambon.  It is like walking down memory lane. Here are some photos from  Chanel’s Spring windows.

What struck me was how bright Chanel’s windows were – and it looks like they are wearing their boyfriend’s socks!



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Paris Flea Market

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This weekend we went to Porte De Vanves flea market, which is one of my favorites in Paris. It is in the south end of the city along the avenues of Marc Sagnier and Georges Lafenestre. There are close to 400 vendors along these 2 residential avenues. The market takes place on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  But don’t go too late!  The vendors start packing up just after noon.


Why I like this flea market so much is because you can find something very special for a few euros or take the big plunge and find a tapestry from the 18th century that looks like it should be in a museum.  The other reasons why I find this flea market so appealing is that the merchandise turns over quite quickly and the vendors are always adding to their stash. Thus, I will probably go back before leaving Paris.


Hope you enjoy looking my photos from my visit to the flea market.


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Paris Street Art


One of the most exciting things we have done so far in Paris is meeting up with a street artist at Cafe Place Verte in the 11th arrondissement. After a quick cup of coffee together, we spent the next 2 1/2 hours with him walking around the Belleville neighborhood as he pointed out several street artists’ work including his own.
I would share his name with you but street artists only go by a street name in order to stay undercover since they are using private buildings to display their art.
Street art is usually done in the artist’s studio and then quickly applied to the facade of a private building. If they become popular, they could be commissioned by a business or even the city to do an installation.
There are street artists from all over the world that come to Paris to display their work. There are some street artists that become so famous that they will no longer put their original work on the street-instead they use copies. The originals are sold in galleries.
The most fascinating part of being introduced to Paris street art is now we walk around the city and noticed and appreciate it. There are buildings in areas that we frequent and have never noticed it!
Discovery street art in Paris has inspired me to look for more raw, edgier art for my interior design clients even if the room is on the conservative side. This might just be the “pop” the room might need.
Let me share with you what we are seeing around Paris…

Au Revoir until next blog,

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Springtime in Paris

I can not believe that I have been in Paris for a week already. Although, we did take a side trip, a 2 night stay in Barcelona. I want to share with you my first sightings of Spring in Paris. The Luxembourg Gardens have just begun to come alive with crocus popping up in the green grass and pansies all around. Yesterday, was a sunny 67 degrees in Paris. A perfect Sunday for Parisians to come out into the streets and enjoy life.

I will continue to be in touch with my finds including food, fashion and furniture and more.


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Enclave is Moving On

I wanted to let everyone know about some big changes at Enclave. There are some different and exciting things ahead in 2014.

Perhaps the biggest change will be the closing of our retail shop in West Concord at the end of January.  After 13 years of success and fun, I have decided to put my energy into three other areas of the business.

So what’s next for Enclave? First, I will be continuing the interior design business.  Enclave has a strong loyal following and I will continue to work with my existing clients and take on new projects.  Running a retail business severely limited the time I could spend working on interior design projects. I am currently looking for nearby showroom space to create an interior design studio.

As many of you know, Enclave has been very involved in promoting the work of local artists. This has been both very successful and rewarding for me and I have supported many young and mature artists in the development of their audience. I am planning to actively grow this area of Enclave and we are currently looking for space in both Portland, Maine and Philadelphia to create a gallery for young and newly established artists.

Lastly, I am off to Paris early this year for an extended period of time to explore opportunities in my favorite city.  We will be visiting several French suppliers of home furnishings and accessories for possible import into the U.S. for use in the interior design business. There may even be an internet store in our future!

I will keep you up to date on all the happenings at Enclave.

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Choosing Paint Colors for Your Home

It seems that one of the most difficult tasks in decorating your home is choosing colors for interior walls and trim.  While not a simple task, it can be easily accomplished with a little information and planning.

The most important step is to approach the task of choosing colors in the right frame of mind.  Many people see the walls of a room as a mere backdrop for their furniture and artwork.  That’s why many people have  a tendency to choose off white or other “safe” colors.  Nothing could be further from the truth!

Your walls and trim are not a backdrop but an important element in the impact that your room will make.  In fact, I would argue that the wall and trim colors will have an important effect on the away your furniture and artwork will look.

If you have ever taken a piece of art to a custom framer, you will understand this concept.  Some frames can make a great piece of art look absolutely dull, while other frames can make a dull piece of art look fabulous.  Don’t underestimate the importance of choosing the right colors for your rooms.

But how do you go about it? Let’s use the example of re-decorating your living room.  You have decided on making over this important room in your house.  You will be keeping some chairs and an end table but will be repainting the room, investing in a new rug and repainting.

The first step is to research what you like!  Start a folder where you will compile information and clippings with colors that you like.  These clippings can be from magazines, brochures you get in the mail or even a piece of fabric.  Don’t bother looking at paint chips yet, just focus on colors themselves.

While you are adding to your folder, in might be wise to do some research on the new sofa – particularly since the sofa is a real focal point of the room. Color choices for your sofa choices will be somewhat more limited than your color palette for paints.  You can increase these choices by working with custom fabrics, but you should be aware that this is typically an expensive proposition.  Using your growing research, you should select some fabric swatches for the new sofa that you will use in the next stage of paint color selection.

Now its time to sit in your room with your folder of colors.  You may want to cover the old couch with a white sheet if the color is going to change markedly with the new sofa.  You may also want to remove any pieces of artwork that will not be included in the new living room.  Try to do this on a bright, but overcast day when you will not be disturbed.  Spend as much time as you can going through your folder of favorite colors.  Look at them in the room with the fabric swatches for the new sofa.  This is not a hurried process – take your time.

I find that I will tape colors to the wall, play with different combinations and experiment with contrasts.  During this process, you should be narrowing your choices of colors that will work.  In the end you should try to have two or three color schemes that could work for you.

Now you can visit you local paint store, but make sure you bring your folder along with your final choices.  Use your final clippings and notes to choose your paint colors.  If you are new to color selection, I would definitely suggest a minimum of three different wall and trim color schemes.  You should also try to take a shade lighter and darker of key colors in case your main choices look a little different in the light in your home.

Don’t be afraid to experiment – within reason.  I tell my clients it is similar to putting on makeup.  You can experiment with different looks but you don’t want to go so far as to make yourself look garish.  Make one of your chosen schemes a little bolder than you normally would.  You might even consider adding an accent wall in the room with a complimentary or contrasting color.

When your done, you should have at least three color combinations for wall and trim.  Many paint stores also have large swatches available.  If you don’t see them on display, you should ask.  Take home the larges swatch of the color that you can.

The final choice will come as you view the swatches in your own room.  Tape them to the wall and trim.  Try them over several days in different lights.  If you can see adjacent rooms while you are in the room that is being painted, put the swatches in the line of site for these rooms.  A color that works well in the living room may look awful when seen with the color in your dining area.

As a final step, I suggest getting a pint mixed of your favorite trim and wall choice and actually apply it to the room.  It’s easier to paint over a small patch then re-do the entire room!

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Fun at Design Trends 2011

On Thursday evening, October 7th, Enclave hosted a fun and informative event to showcase Home Design Trends for 2011.  The guests enjoyed a lively presentation from Marianne Lesko that covered next years hot new colors and patterns with a sneak preview of the styles that will define home design in the upcoming year.  Everyone enjoyed the creative conversation that followed along with a glass (or two!) of wine and some delicious goodies.

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New Home Design Trends

Each year, the Boston Design Center presents an intensive, multi-day educational series for professional interior designers. Named “Design Boston”, this event offers the professional the opportunity to learn about the hottest trends and newest products in interior design. They will also have the opportunity to get a copy of “Design Trends 2011″, the visual reference guide to next years styles, colors and technologies.  For more information, please visit the Boston Design Center web site.

After attending the Design Boston show this year, Marianne at Enclave will host an event for her customers to share design information from the show. Be the first to see the coolest colors, newest textiles, latest styles and the most influential designs.  This information will be presented in on October 7th from 7pm until 9pm at Enclave in Concord, Massachusetts.  Please use this link to register: Home Design Trends .

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Welcome to the New Enclave Blog!

Join us for a great series of articles on making your home a place that you enjoy!  We will preview new products from some of the most forward thinking design and furniture companies.

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